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Rebecca Bell

Rebecca Bell

Lecturer in Fashion Visual Cultures

Rebecca Bell is a Lecturer in Fashion Visual Cultures, teaching fashion history and critical theory to students from Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles and Fashion Communication and Styling. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and V&A looking at craft in Socialist Czechoslovakia. Rebecca has lectured in critical, contextual and historical studies at the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion, and the Universities of Hertfordshire and Middlesex. From 2015 to 2019 she led the annual Curating Summer School at the Royal College of Art. Visiting lectures and workshops also include The School of Life (where she co-curated a series of events on contemporary design theory), NYU and UMPRUM Prague.

Rebecca has written on art, craft and design for a variety of publications including Artforum, West 86th Journal, Central and Eastern European London Review, Slashstroke Magazine, Home Cultures Journal, and co-edited publications such as The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, London: Art/Book (2013).

She has a First Class MA (Hons) and an MPhil in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. Before becoming a lecturer, Rebecca worked for three years with sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, was Artist’s Resale Right Manager at the Design & Artists Copyright Society and spent five years with Art on the Underground, the commissioning programme for London Underground. The latter included projects and publications with Mark Wallinger, Jeremy Deller, Cornelia Parker, and Michael Landy.

Rebecca is a member of Making Enhanced, a collective of design historians and designer-makers working collaboratively to explore design research methodologies. Her partnership is with New Delhi-based ceramicist Tamsin van Essen, researching ideas of materiality, subjective narrative and absence in relation to tools and making spaces.

Publications

(2020) 'They Hide with Their Boots On’, Artforum, vol. 58, no. 5, January print edition

(2019) ‘KINOTEKA 2019: Interview with Marlena Łukasiak, Kinoteka’s Artistic Director and Producer’, Central and Eastern European London Review (5 April). Read Here

(2019) ‘Exhibition Review: Markéta Luskačová at Tate Britain (Spotlights)’, Central and Eastern European London Review (26 March). Read Here

(2019) ‘Glass Rituals: Galerie Kuzebauch at Collect 2019 (Saatchi Gallery London)’, Central and Eastern European London Review (5 March). Read Here

(2019) ‘In Parallel: Reflections on Community’ in: Community. Exhibition Catalogue 24–27 January, Archive Gallery, London. Read here

(2017) Review of Věci a slova. Umělecký průmysl, užité umění a design v české teorii a kritice 1870-1970 (Things and Words. Art industry, applied arts and design in Czech art theory and criticism 1870–1970) at the Moravian Gallery Brno, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring 2017

(2016) 'The Pursuit of Exceptional Typicality: Glass-Making in Communist Czechoslovakia', Glass Circle News, Vol. 39, No. 2, Issue 141 July

(2016) Co-translator of first Czech edition of Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Prague: Bilitera

Slashstroke Magazine (2009-2015)
Articles include 'Attempts at Structuring Transparent Mass' (2013), Review of Designblok 13, part of a research trip funded by Czech Centre London; Review of Mark Leckey's 'The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things' (De La Warr Pavilion, 2013); 'Sum of Parts: An Exploration of Portraiture', Issue 3, (2011); 'A Heritage of the New: Art on the Underground', Issue 1 (2009).

(2013) Project Editor for Dillon, T. (ed.) The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, London: Art/Books. Introduced by Jonathan Glancey and featuring works and writing by 100 contemporary artists including Jeremy Deller, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger

(2013) “Song Dong’s Waste Not and Bauhaus: Art as Life, Barbican Art Gallery”, Home Cultures Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 75-78

(2008) Essays in Russia and Europe in the Nineteenth Century, Exh. Cat., Sphinx Fine Art

(2009) ‘No Lack of Lamentation: Helen MacAlister’, Scottish Art News, The Fleming Collection, Spring Issue

(2009) ‘Alex Hamilton: The Glenfinlas Cyanotypes’, Edinburgh Festival 2008, Scottish Art News, The Fleming Collection, Spring Issue, 2009

(2005) Threshold, Exh. Cat., Perth Concert Hall (Edinburgh)

(2005) A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements, Exh. Cat. Alex Hamilton & Richard Ashrowan